The words "Idaho" and "outdoors" are nearly synonymous, and perhaps nowhere is that close relationship better embodied than in McCall. Among the pines 5,000 feet above sea level and on the shores of Payette Lake 100 miles north of Boise on Idaho 55, the fresh air beckons you outside.
Winter is the predominant season in McCall, and as the birds instinctively head south to warmer temperatures, Treasure Valley skiers and snowboarders flock north to Brundage Mountain Resort. Brundage averages 320 inches of snowfall annually and tries its best to be open from Thanksgiving to early May, so it's possible to ski or snowboard there seven months of the year. Don't feel like hitting the slopes? Check out the snow sculptures at McCall's Winter Carnival (Jan. 24-Feb. 2, 2014), or go snowmobiling, ice skating or snowshoeing. There's nothing wrong with sitting by a fire with a cup of hot chocolate, either.
The white landscape of winter yields to the powerful rush of McCall's blue and green spring and summer hues, especially around the lake. Warmer temperatures mean it's time for golf clubs, hiking boots, fishing poles, mountain bikes or swimsuits - only to be put away once the golds and oranges of autumn give way to winter. No matter the time of year, there's always something to do in McCall.
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